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"From Seeking to Finding"
a Weekend Retreat of Meditation and Inquiry
May 10 - 12, 2024

Photo of Don Oakey, Founding Director of Well Being Retreat Center, Tazewell, TN

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a weekend silent Retreat led by Don Oakley, author of "It's Time to Wake Up Now: The Top Ten Myths that Can Hijack Spiritual Awakening," and his new book: "Empty Wisdom: The Subtle Art of Discovering What You Already Are" and by Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Foundation and longtime employee and student of both Adyashanti and Byron Katie.

This weekend retreat package includes lodging, supper when you arrive on Friday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday. You will be responsible for providing meals for yourself on Saturday and for Sunday breakfast.  (All Cabins have kitchenettes. Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout.) 

Photo of Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, TN

"That sense of seeking something more meaningful in life is Life's way of urging us to more fully embrace Life. Life will not give up on us no matter how many times we turn away. There is a distinct possibility of finding our True Nature in this lifetime. It is not distant and nothing is lacking; we need only the courage to look deeply. Once found, life makes sense, the search is over, and we will be at ease in the world and in our own skin."


The retreat will begin with check-in on Friday afternoon May 10th and will end mid-day on Sunday May 12th.  Cost $225 per person including lodging, tuition, two full service meals, and coffee, teas and snacks throughout

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About the Retreat

This retreat is a non-denominational opportunity to explore one’s own true nature – free from the everyday distractions and busyness of our lives. The retreat will be held in noble silence and will include silent sittings, guided meditations, inquiry, and discourses by Don Oakley. All activities during the retreat are voluntary, of course. However, we ask that you remain fully engaged in the spirit of the retreat for the duration of the event.

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There will be opportunities for quiet walks around our 160 acre property, sitting by the scenic Powell River which surrounds the property for 2 1/2 miles, for exploration of Nature, or simply to rest. You will be staying in one of our comfortable cabins. All event sessions will be at main Conference Building.

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Discourses and Guided Meditations

Don will be speaking each morning on the topic "From Seeking to Finding" He will also lead two guided meditations during the event an hold daily Q&A sessions.

Noble Silence

This event will be held in noble silence beginning after supper on Friday until lunch on Sunday. The purpose is to dedicate your attention inwardly. During this time we ask that you refrain from talking with others, reading, texting, or watching videos. Of course, there will be sessions during the retreat where there will be opportunities for Q&A. 

Silent Sittings

Each period of silent sitting will be an opportunity to simply let everything be as it is – naturally and without effort. You may discover the awake spaciousness that is ever-present – that exists prior to (and during) any effort to control or manipulate our experience. 

Meals & Yogi Chores

Well Being will provide supper when you arrive on Friday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday. We will ask for volunteers to help with Yogi Chores (kitchen cleanup) after these two meals. You will be responsible to provide all meals on Saturday and for Sunday breakfast yourself. All the cabins have kitchenettes for this purpose. 


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There is a $225 Registration Fee for this event.  This fee covers tuition, your lodging, housekeeping, Friday supper and Sunday lunch as well as drinks and snacks. You will be responsible for your remaining meals which can be prepared in the cabin kitchenettes. 



We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Friday January 12, 2024. 

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If you have questions, please contact Patty Bottari:; Tel: 423-626-9000; Text: 408-510-0660

Please register for this event with Well Being Retreat Center using the form below:

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